PATERSON, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- Paterson officials announced Thursday that 100% of city residents 18 years and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Mayor Andre Sayegh credited an “army of influencers,” including deputy mayors, athletes and religious leaders, for reaching out to residents to achieve the 100% vaccination rate among adults.
“We started vaccinating on Dec. 28, 2020. And over a year later, we haven’t stopped,” Sayegh said. “We made sure that we made the vaccine as accessible as possible to anyone.”
The mayor said mobile vaccination units were deployed six days a week across New Jersey’s third largest city to help get shots in arms.
Sayegh said Paterson hasn’t just been vaccinating its residents but people from across the state, as well as undocumented people.
“People as far as Cape May County were coming to Paterson to get vaccinated,” the mayor said. “So we’re talking about our vaccination rate, but we’ve contributed to the vaccination rates of other counties, as well.”
Sayegh said more work needs to be done, since there are still residents who need to be fully vaccinated and also boosted.
New Jersey's official vaccine dashboard shows 100% of Paterson adults have received at least one dose, while 81% of the city's eligible population (including those under 18) has gotten at least one dose.
State data shows 84% of Paterson adults have received two doses and are considered fully vaccinated.
According to a database by John Hopkins University, 73.21% of New Jersey’s population—or about 6.5 million people—is fully vaccinated.